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Fish for trout of the highest calibre in Hardangervidda. Uvdal and Geilo in Hol make good bases for fishing adventures in Norway’s largest national park.
A myriad of fishing lakes, rivers and streams make Hardangervidda national park a wise choice for everyone who plans a fishing holiday in Norway – there is no trout about that! Apart from trout, you may get the odd char, minnow or whitefish on the hook.
Located on the eastern side of the park, Uvdal is Norway’s largest inland fishing municipality with countless rivers, lakes and ponds. Fishing in this area is steeped in history and tradition, and your visit is enhanced by the pristine nature with crisp mountain air, clear highland lakes and an extraordinary wildlife.
Another recommended starting point for highland fishing in Hardangervidda is Geilo in the municipality of Hol, where you are surrounded by magnificent nature and wildlife.
From when the snow melts (usually in early June) to 30 September.
In Norway, the national parks are always open – they are not fenced off and there are no entrance fees. Enjoying nature is considered a right since 1957, when the so-called Right of access (Allemansretten) was inscribed in Norwegian legislation. Hardangervidda was given national park status in 1981 and is the largest national park in the country.
See also fishspot.no for more information about fishing in the Hardangervidda region.
You can buy a fishing licence online at inatur.no or from local tourist offices and selected shops. The licence is valid for certain areas and lakes, so make sure you get the licence you need.
Get a solid introduction into the secrets and joys of fly-fishing. You will learn everything you need to know, including which flies to choose, how to make knots and casting techniques.
The course includes a dedicated fly-fishing guide, access to the private waters of Groven mountain farm, equipment for rent (can be purchased at an extra cost), field lunch and transport to and from Geilo station.
Price from NOK 500 (half day for four people) to NOK 1,500 (full day for one person). Children under 18 years get a 50% reduction in the company of a parent.
Go after that precious mountain trout by bike. Combine your fishing holiday with a cycling tour and experience Hardangervidda national park at its best. Follow the historic paths to viewpoints where you can take in the highland plateau in all its glory.
There are plenty of options for anglers on bikes. For example, if you cycle around 30 kilometres you reach the Ovre Numedal nature reserve, where there are some 50 lakes to explore.
Some of the paths are unruly and rocky, but it is not a problem for those with a little bit of cycling experience – the tour is suitable for most people who are up for an adventure in the wild.
A fishing adventure for everyone who is dreaming about going from cabin to cabin in the Hardangervidda national park.
You start by taking a boat to the centre of the park, where you enjoy a home-cooked meal at Mårbu mountain lodge. The next days are spent hiking, fishing and relaxing with a guide. The journey goes through old settlements in varied terrain, and there is a good chance of spotting the local wildlife.
Price from EUR 220 per day. The trip is suitable for most people. It is arranged for a minimum of 2 people.
The Geitvassdalen valley, located bang in the middle of Hardangervidda national park, is known as one of Norway’s best fishing areas.
You will set up camp by the Geitvatnet lake and explore the surrounding fishing possibilities. With scrummy home-made food and experienced guides, this trip is sure to give you an authentic and unique experience in the Norwegian mountains.
Price from EUR 160 per day per person. The trip is arranged for 4-10 people, and you will sleep in a tent with camp beds.
Experience the finest selection of the seemingly endless fishing possibilities in Hardangervidda national park on a guided trip.
You will start with a meeting where we go through trip plan and a short safety brief. Then you walk to the heart of the park and explore the famous fishing area in Nuedalslågen before you set up camp. The hikes are tailor-made to suit your specific needs and wishes, however you should be in good shape and be prepared to carry some of the equipment.
Price from NOK 1,200 per person and day. The trip is arranged for a minimum of 2 people.
These are the fish species you are most likely to meet on your fishing trip to Hardangervidda, including their names in Norwegian, German and Latin.
Ørret (Salmo trutta)
Brown Trout | Forelle
Size: 18–80 cm.
Weight: 1–3 kg + 15 kg
Ørekyte (Phoxinus phoxinus)
Minnow | Elritze
Size: 8–12 cm
Weight: 100 gram - 2,5 kg
Røye (Salvelinus alpinus)
Char | Saibling
Size: 15-75 cm.
Weight: 100 gram -3 kg
Sik (Coregonus lavaretus)
Whitefish | Felchen
Weight: 300-400 gram
Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:
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